Today we discuss some of the brain implications of "always on" workplaces and lifestyles via a fascinating interview with Maggie Jackson, an award-winning author and journalist. Her latest book, Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age, describes the implications of our busy work and life environments and offers important reflections to help us thrive.Question - New York Times columnist David Brooks said last year that we live in a Cognitive Age, and encouraged readers to be aware of this change and try and adapt to the new reality. Can you explain the cognitive demands of today's workplaces that weren't there 30-40 years ago?Answer - Our workplaces have changed enormously in recent decades, and it's easy to point to the Blackberry or the laptop as the sources of our culture of speed and overload and distraction. But it's important to note first that our 24/7, fragmented work culture has deeper roots. With the first high-tech inventions, such as the cinema, … [Read more...] about Distracted at Work? Meet Maggie Jackson’s Book on Attention and the Workplace
Encouraging innovation at work
Many of us fall into the same trap when we go hunting for brilliant new ideas. We roll up our sleeves and say, "It's time to get to work." A look at the creative process, however, suggests that perhaps the opposite is in order, that instead we should roll up our sleeves and say, "It's time to go play awhile."There is an exceptionally strong link between creativity and humor. Mathematically, the humor as a catalyst for creative thinking looks something like this: Ha + Ha + Ha = AHA!The relationship between creativity and humor is obvious to anyone who has worked in a truly innovative workplace. In fact, a survey by 3M as reported in Training Magazine, found that two-thirds of respondents listed play or humor as their favourite way of stimulating creativity in a work environment. In another study, volunteers who watched humorous videos generated more creative ideas than folks who didn't screen funny programs.Here are just some of the reasons why humor and/or play can lead to creative … [Read more...] about To Get More Creative, Have More Fun At Work!
Innovation is defined as the introduction of something new, a new idea, method, or device. The word new has several different meanings: a thing that never existed before or an old thing refurbished and made as if it were brand new, or new to you but old somewhere else. For example a newly-born baby is a person that was never in this world before. After a rigorous 8 week exercise program, Jack announced, "I feel like a new man." Jack has been around for a while on this world, but now he is ready to take on new and exciting challenges because he feels so much better about himself. Or hiring outside people for senior positions is often called bringing in new blood. The new hire has been on the world for awhile also, but in a different environment so they have different thoughts and behaviors to apply to your existing situation.· Different Kinds of InnovationIn all three cases innovation is the key to new products and services that customers want and are willing to pay you … [Read more...] about Innovation in Small Steps
In the modern world it seems we equate a leader as someone who commands others to do his or her will. I disagree with this and contend true leaders inspire people instead of commanding them. Leaders inspire you to do your best of your ability and encourage you to set high goals for yourself and your company. Leaders can inspire others by using various strategies.Some leaders use fear, we see this daily. They rule others by using financial, physical and or emotional means. These types of personalities are not very popular with most people. They tend to use their form of leadership and it's usually a short term affair. This type of rule is something most people don't wish for themselves or their families. It seems that governments who try to rule their people using fear don't seem to last long either. People who use fear in their personal or professional life can sustain it for short periods but it's doomed to fail. They seldom survive for long periods. When they fade away into the … [Read more...] about Leadership, Companionship, and Stewardship Will Bring You Success at Work and Home
Career development is not always about moving up in the organization. It's more about constantly improving yourself and getting the most out of your job and work life. Regardless of whether or not you are interested in promotion right now, you are interested in standing out at work. To stand out in a good way, you need to be aware of the consequences of what you think, say, and do.WHAT TO THINK, OR NOTThink you can (and will) succeed:People have confidence in us when we have confidence in ourselves, and few things lead to success like self-confidence. We gain confidence as our skill and knowledge grows. The trick is to have confidence to try new things, when immediate success isn't as likely as when we do things we've already mastered. To do this, go slow. Create self-development plans that ease you into a new task. It is easier to overcome small mistakes, and small wins keep you motivated and moving forward.Think good thoughts about performance feedback:Performance feedback - … [Read more...] about Stand Out at Work